Another Alabama player is transferring from the program.
Former 5-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield will transfer out of Tuscaloosa, according to Touchdown Alabama’s Stephen M. Smith, who cited sources. Smith reports that Sheffield left the university on Saturday night. The Texas native was not at either Alabama practice on Monday, per SEC Country’s Marq Burnett.
After coming to the Crimson Tide in the 2015 class, the Fort Bend Marshall High School product did not see any action with the Crimson Tide last season. He came to Tuscalosoa ranked as the nation’s No. 4 cornerback, state of Texas’ No. 3 prospect and the nation’s No. 20 overall recruit.
The reported news adds to a string of transfers for Alabama, which has seen five players leave the program this offseason. Shawn Burgess-Becker (transferred to UCF), Adonis Thomas (JUCO), Christian Bell (Wisconsin), Daylon Charlot (Kansas) and Maurice Smith (Georgia) all opted to take their talents elsewhere.
Nick Saban recently addressed the abundance of transfers from young players.
“What I try to emphasize with our players is, there’s so much emphasis now on outcomes – immediate self-gratification,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters. “Football is a developmental game – you’ve heard me talk about this many times before – where people develop and improve. What I always try to sell our players on, some of them play when they’re freshmen, some of them play really well, some of them aren’t ready to play, some of them play a role.
“We had four guys that were starters in some role last year and probably 10 or 11 guys that lettered last year playing on special teams – which is about half the guys that we recruited. And some guys need the time to develop and learn and grow, whether it’s physically, emotionally, mentally, learning the system.”
With sophomore defensive backs Marlon Humphrey and Minkah Fitzpatrick projected as Alabama’s top two cornerbacks, Sheffield was competing for a backup spot along with a host of members from the Crimson Tide secondary.